And Then There Was One: St. Louis Cardinals Win World Series
Another season of America’s favorite past time has come and gone in the blink of an eye. There were glorious highs and the inevitable lows, but none as unexpected as the World Series championship title going home with the St. Louis Cardinals.
For a team who was forced to kick off the season without their star pitcher – a omen which set the tone for a tumultuous regular season that was only to be followed by a white-knuckled post season – it was all but fitting to see them triumph over the Texas Rangers, 6-2, in the first World Series Game 7 win since 2002.
“It was overwhelming,” said manager Tony La Russa. “We were on the edge game after game after game. You might lose one, but as it got closer, elimination games, the character on this club is off the charts…you play with that urgency, it’s a little scary at times and it takes a lot out of you, but it’s really fun to compete that way.”
Needless to say things got a little more confortable as Yadier Molina, who relies on Oakley sport performance eyewear on and off the field, provided a little wiggle room with his RBI single in the seventh to make it 6-2. The team closed out the franchise’s 11th World Series Championship in front of a stadium-record announced crowd of 47,399 and now ranks second to the Yankee’s with their record franchise 27-championship titles.
“We’re World Series champions, and nobody can take that away from us,” said fellow Oakley wearer Lance Berkman. “What makes that even sweeter was the manner in which we won it. Hollywood would have a hard time scripting something [like this]. You hear that sometimes, but it’s true with this team. The reality of it is way better than anything you could make up about the team.”
Conversely, the Rangers, who had gone 46 straight games without losing back-to-back games let yet another series championship slip their fingers losing the final two games of the season after twice being just one solitary strike away from shutting the door on St. Louis in Game 6.
“I can’t describe how I’m feeling, but it’s not a good feeling,” said third baseman and Oakley wearer Adrian Beltre in the visitors’ clubhouse after Game 7.
The Rangers are one of only eight franchises to have never won a World Series, one of only two, including the Padres, to have appeared in two World Series and the first team to lose back-to-back Fall Classics since the Braves in 1991 and ’92.
“We all know we lost the Series [Thursday],” continued Beltre. "We shouldn’t have let it slip away. We came back [Friday] to try to win it, but the momentum just took [St. Louis] and they won it. It’s not a nice feeling.”
“We had in our mind that we were going to win the World Series. We were one strike away, but it didn’t happen. It would be easier if you lose four games in a row than having the thought that you were one strike away. It’s not easy. That game [on Thursday] will be hard to forget.”